Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Override master page items, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] As I mentioned in the last movie, InDesign protects Master Page items when you're on a document page. You can't move them, you can't delete them, you can't even select them. Now I've opened this document from my Exercise file folder. It's the long doc version B file, and this starts up pretty much where we left off in the last movie. So you can see, that I already have my running footers down at the bottom of the pages. Now I'm going to zoom in on this text frame down here by holding down command space bar on the Mac, or control space bar on Windows.
That zooms in, so I can see it better. Now you know this is a Master Page item, because it has a dotted line around it. Right? So if it try and click on it with a selection tool, nothing happens. Like I said, can't edit it, can't move it, nothing. But wait, I though InDesign was all about letting me express my creativity. What if I want to change it? Well you can, you just need to know the trick. And the trick is, you have to hold down two modifier keys on your keyboard. Command and shift on the Mac, or control and shift on Windows.
And when I hold down those keys and then click, then InDesign overrides that object. It actually pulls it off the Master Page and the frame becomes a document page item. And you can see that, because there's no longer a dotted line around it. So, now it becomes a regular object that I can move, I can edit, can do anything I want. Now I'm going to zoom out with command option zero, or control alt zero, so I can see the entire spread. And I'm going to do the same thing with this Master Page item on the left side. Command shift, or control shift click.
That overrides it. And now they're both selected, so I can just press the delete key on my keyboard and delete them. Now what if that were a mistake? What if I didn't mean to delete them? Well, don't panic. You can always get Master Page items back. And the way you do that is to go into the pages panel menu, scroll down to the Master Pages sub-menu, and then choose remove all local overrides. That's kind of a double negative there. You're removing the overrides that you already made.
In other words, you're putting back everything that was on the Master Page. Setting it back to the way it was originally. There we go. Okay, so that's good, but sometimes you'll open a document that somebody sends you and you'll find that you still can't override a Master Page item. It can be a real mystery. For example, you'll be command shift clicking, or control shift clicking and nothing happens at all. Let me show you what's going on. I'm going to double click on my Master Page to jump to it. And then I'm going to select those two Master Page items by clicking on one and then shift clicking on the other.
Now I'll head back to the pages panel menu and scroll down to look inside that Master Pages sub-menu again. Now look at this feature. Allow master item overrides on selection. That's a mouthful. You'll normally see a little check mark next to that feature and that means it's okay to override Master Page items on your document pages. But if I choose this, then that check mark goes off, and now these Master Page items will not be able to be overridden. It basically says don't let anybody change these items.
Here, lets take a look. I'll double click on one of these spreads to jump to it. And now you'll see something interesting. Here, let me zoom in so you can see this better. I don't see a dotted line around this frame. I don't even see a solid line. There's no line, and that's my indication that this item cannot be overridden. When it comes to building structured documents such as books and magazines, Master Pages are a necessity for an efficient workflow. And controlling each Master Page item is key to making sure that your final document ends up just the way you wanted it.
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